Introducing the Database Migration


Database migration can be referred to as the process of moving databases in between storage types, formats, or systems. Businesses and corporations might need to move their databases for various reasons, such as server or storage equipment replacements, maintenance or upgrades, application migration, website consolidation and data facility relocation. Accomplishing this consists of moving all database objects and categories: table definitions, data, indexes, constraints, views, triggers, stored procedures and processes, user accounts, roles and permissions.

There are two approaches to databases migration – manual and programmatical (using advanced programs known as database migration tools). Manual approach usually comprises these steps known as extract-transform-load approach:

  • extract definitions of tables, indexes and constraints from the source database in form of CREATE-statements 
  • translate these statements according to the destination format and load into the target database
  • export source data into an intermediate CSV files
  • transform the data to comply with the destination format (with special attention to binary data and dates) and load it to the target database
  • views, stored procedures/functions and triggers must be extracted from the original database in form of SQL statements and code
  • these SQL-statements and code must be translated according to the destination format and imported into the target database

Immediately after loading to the new program, the finished data needs to be verified so as to figure out if the database was correctly transferred, complete and possesses appropriate supports for programs in the new system. It can be recommended to run both source and destination database systems concurrently throughout the verification process to determine regions of disparity, and forestall loss of data or corruption.

For big and advanced database migration project, it is best performed programmatically to obtain an automatic process flow, relieving human resources of challenging tasks. It is essential to select the suitable tool to relocate the database in the expected time-frame without loss of data or corruption. 

Listed below is the list of primary functions that can be made available with the use of excellent database migration tools:

  • All modern versions of source and destination DBMS are supported (including SAAS variations if it is appliable) 
  • Table definitions, indexes and constraints are migrated with all related properties
  • Configuration of migration process must be stored into registry or profile to simplify next use
  • National charsets must be supported (Unicode)
  • Option to specify custom conversion rules (type mapping, filtering rows, etc)
  • Command line support
  • Comprehensive documentation and 24/7 support service 

You will find a variety of software businesses that offer devoted resources to automate database migration. Among such companies is Intelligent Converters working in the field of database conversion, migration and synchronization since 2001. They create a wide variety of conversion tool that aid migration of databases between all well-known database management systems like PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Azure SQL, Microsoft Access, FoxPro and SQLite. Go to to learn more about Intelligent Converters and their software.